Fireflies, lightening bugs light dimming

Save our earth creatures big and small. You can do it- go organic and eliminate pesticides and pollution.

First the butterflies, then the frogs and bees and now fireflies how many more must disappear before we get a grip on our use and abuse if nature, chemicals and plastics!!!

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Fireflies or “lightning bugs”, Photuris pyralis (Linn.),
are needed in medical research laboratories throughout the world. The firefly contains luciferin and luciferase, two rare chemicals used in research on cancer, multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and heart disease. The ability of these insects to produce cold light (bioluminescence) has led to new flashlights and flares on the market today. Scientists have been unable to produce these chemicals synthetically in spite of the great need.
They don’t bite, they have no pincers, they don’t attack, they don’t carry disease, they are not poisonous, they don’t even fly very fast. Fireflies are winged beetles.
Thailand -Preecha Jiabyu used to take tourists on a rowboat to see the banks of the Mae Klong River aglow with thousands of fireflies. to row a good two miles to see trees lit up with the magical creatures of his younger days.

The firefly populations have dropped 70 percent, in the past three years,” said Preecha, 58, a former teacher who started providing dozens of row boats to see the synchronous firefly Pteroptyx malaccae — known for its rapid, pulsating flashing that look like Christmas lights.”

By MICHAEL CASEY, AP Environmental Writer Aug 30, 2008;_ylt=ArV.EVSzgQxBZahIIulMNEAPLBIF


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